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When my hands and feet started hurting about a year after I finished chemo, my oncologist said I had, " Taxol toes ." She went on to explain that a more accurate term is peripheral neuropathy, which means nerve damage in the extremities--hands and feet.
My hands and feet felt like they were asleep. I frequently dropped things, and I had trouble walking on uneven terrain and steps because I wasn't getting accurate information from my nerves. For some people neuropathy can be severe enough that they have to go on disability.
If you are going to be taking a taxane chemo drug like Taxol or Taxotere , you should ask your oncologist about possible precautions to reduce the chances of getting peripheral neuropathy.
The Mayo Clinic suggests eating a diet rich in Vitamin B-12 foods like meats, fish, eggs, and fortified cereals. Some oncologists prescribe B vitamins, but be sure to talk to your oncologist before taking any supplements because sometimes they can interfere ...
Lately, people have been asking a lot of questions about sore feet. How can you turn sore feet into happy feet?
Inspect: Even though your feet are a long way from your eyes, they are still important. Sores, bumps, and rashes can go unnoticed unless you look at your feet. Anyone with diabetes or another condition that causes numbness should inspect their feet daily. Some people have even had their legs amputated because of a small sore that became infected. Pay attention to your feet; they are the only ones you get.
Shoe Inserts: The more cushioning for your feet, the better. Many products offer shock absorption that fit into the shoes. If you are on your feet often or are a very heavy person, the inserts need to be changed at least every six months because the shocks wear out. Not only will your feet be happier, your entire body will be happier with some well-cushioned shoes.
Rocker Bottom Soles: Most people have never heard of this before, so visualize the bottom...
Does someone you love live with arthritis pain? Here are some holiday gift ideas for anyone who has arthritis anywhere from head to toe.
Trekking Poles (for feet, ankles, knees, hips, low back arthritis): For someone who has arthritis in the lower half of the body, she/he could benefit from the use of trekking poles. Using either one or two poles while walking can greatly reduce the stress on an arthritic joint.
Reacher or Grabber (for shoulder, hip, low back arthritis): Grabbing an item above or below the waist can be painful if arthritis afflicts certain joints. As an extension of a hand, these handy tools help one to reach out without hurting oneself.
Oxo Jar Opener (for shoulders, elbows, wrist, hand arthritis): People with arthritis in the upper limb have a great deal of trouble opening jars or containers without asking for help. Well this device works like a charm and will charm the one you love who experiences these difficulties.
Paraffin Wax Home Unit (for hand, wrist arthrit...
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